Dusting Off The Britannica

A new owner has digital dreams for the august encyclopedia

Remember the Encyclopaedia Britannica, that venerable leather-bound collection that took up most of the family bookshelf when you were a kid? Without it, generations of budding scholars never could have been able to hand in their science and history papers on time. But those were in the olden days--before CD-ROMs and the Net became the study tools of choice for many kids. So it seemed almost inevitable that the 229-year-old publishing house that puts out the 32-tome reference series was itself destined to fade into history.

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